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Recommend me some books please!

Discussion in 'English' started by claireym, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. I am new to this forum and am an English teacher looking to start teaching a short course in creative writing to years 6-9 and 10-13 (two separate courses).
    The course will consist of some work with springboard texts as a lead in to some creative writing. Can anyone suggest teen-friendly texts that would fit in with the following:

    Looking into the future
    Magic / fantasy
    An important meeting between two people
    Strong emotions
    Dramatic tension

    I am looking for extracts rather than whole texts.

    Thanks :)
     
  2. I am new to this forum and am an English teacher looking to start teaching a short course in creative writing to years 6-9 and 10-13 (two separate courses).
    The course will consist of some work with springboard texts as a lead in to some creative writing. Can anyone suggest teen-friendly texts that would fit in with the following:

    Looking into the future
    Magic / fantasy
    An important meeting between two people
    Strong emotions
    Dramatic tension

    I am looking for extracts rather than whole texts.

    Thanks :)
     
  3. The parting of Lyra and her deamon in 'The Amber Spyglass' by Philip Pullman would be perfect for dramatic tension / strong emotions. Painfully beautiful writing! 'Dracula' also good for tension - the bit where he's trying to escape from the room in Castle Dracula. Good luck.
     
  4. There's a brilliant bit in Talking in Whispers by James Watson that describes pain - it's the bit where the character is electrocuted (!!! - it's ok for year 9). He describes pain using beautiful metaphorical language. I read this with students and then get them to write their own version of a time when they were in pain using metaphors and the results are always astonishingly good.
     
  5. Hello,
    Harry Potter and Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin are good for magic.
    I think the tension in Crime and Punishment is brilliant - but it may be a little too difficult for some pupils. If you do a search for Short stories/ghost stories on google you can find some good stories where the writer builds up tension very well.
    All the best
    Cherry
     

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